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Poster: Frank Menzel Date: Feb 6, 2008 11:41am
Forum: movies Subject: Do you know what Public Domain MEANS?

Ronald,

As you posted a similiar question about a 2004movie ( http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=175687 );
I seriously doubt if you understand which films are public domain and for what reason.

A brief explanation.

* American films can be considered PD if:
- They are made by the US federal goverment, OR:
- They are made before 1923, OR:
- They are made in the period 1923-1963 and the copyrights have lapsed, OR:
- They are made in the period 1923-1989 without a copyright registration.

* European films can be considered PD if:
- ALL of their respective copyright owner died more than 70 years ago (which is in 1937 or earlier), OR:
- If it was imported in the US without a copyright registration in the period 1923-1989 (applies only for US)

* Russian films can beconsidered PD if:
- ALL of their respective copyright owner died more than 70 years ago (which is in 1937 or earlier), OR:
- They are made before 1954 (under certain circumstances), OR:
- If it was imported in the US without a copyright registration in the period 1923-1989 (applies only for US)

* Japanese films can be considered PD if:
- They are made before 1953, AND the copyright holder died more than 38 years ago, OR:
- ALL of their respective copyright owner died more than 70 years ago (which is in 1937 or earlier), OR:
- If it was imported in the US without a copyright registration in the period 1923-1989 (applies only for US)

* Chinese films can be considered PD if
- They are made more than 50 years ago, OR:
- If it was imported in the US without a copyright registration in the period 1923-1989 (applies only for US)

So in an answer to your questions: just forget everything made after 1989 (except for US federal works) as being PD.

US films after 1989 are under the death + 70-rule, so not until 2059 you can consider them as PD. Hard, but true.

See also
* http://www.openflix.com/information/US-copyright.php
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Public_domain_films
* http://www.copyright.cornell.edu/public_domain/

This post was modified by Frank Menzel on 2008-02-06 19:35:21

This post was modified by Frank Menzel on 2008-02-06 19:38:44

This post was modified by Frank Menzel on 2008-02-06 19:41:24

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Poster: vaagheid Date: Feb 21, 2008 2:56am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Do you know what Public Domain MEANS?

Films after 1989 can turn public domain.
But that's only when the owner of the rights decided to put the film in the public domain.
This only happens in rare case's. (example: Steal This Film I & II).
Also worth mentioning.

This post was modified by vaagheid on 2008-02-21 09:27:31

This post was modified by vaagheid on 2008-02-21 10:56:12